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Publisher's Summary

Hereford's Diocesan Exorcist must encounter a legacy of evil within the crumbling walls of an old hotel along with memories of murder....

A crumbling hotel on the border of England and Wales has long been linked with the possible origins of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles and his obsession with contacting the dead.

Fascinating for young Jane Watkins, flushed with the freedom of her first weekend job. But the sinister side soon becomes apparent to her mother, Merrily, Diocesan Exorcist for Hereford. Then come memories of a child who killed. And blood in the fresh snow.

©2004 Phil Rickman (P)2007 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Few writers blend the ancient and supernatural with the modern and criminal better than Rickman." (The Guardian)

"Phil Rickman is one of my all-time favourites. I love everything he's done." (Diana Gabaldon, international best-selling author)

"Merrily has become an ever more engaging protagonist, a passionate, flawed modern women every bit as concerned with the intricacies of crime as she is with demons that go bump in the night." (Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail)

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  • Chrissie Higgs
  • 11-12-21

Great book.

I am a big fan of Phil Rickman. His Merrily Watkins series really resonates with me, so much so that we took a holiday in Herefordshire to feel for ourselves the magic of the area.
The characters are believable and plot lines well written, based on the folklore of the area. The writing is sensitive, but before you know it, you are hooked by the growing tension and fear of what comes next. I keep going back to listen again.
Books , like everything, are subjective, but I love this series. Start at the beginning - it isn't vital that you do so, but you will probably want to. Merrily, Jane, Lol and Gomer Parry (Plant Hire) will become your old friends in no time.